Emirates praises pilots, as Ryanair battles them

Emirates has released a video paying tribute to its pilots in a week of aviation industrialstrife in Europe. (Photo courtesy of Emirates)
Updated 19 December 2017
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Emirates praises pilots, as Ryanair battles them

LONDON: In a week that saw pilots across Europe threatening to strike, Emirates has released a tribute to its own cockpit crew.
The one-minute clip published on YouTube is called “A tribute to our pilots” and features a series of images of the 4,000 men and women who helm the Dubai-based company’s planes.
The union that represents Ryanair pilots on Sunday suspended a planned strike — capping a year of industrial relations misery in some of Europe’s big airlines.
But there was no such misery on the faces of the Dubai carrier’s crew that appear in the promotional Emirates video.
Branding experts said it was a well-timed move.
“The timing is terrific,” said David Tarsh, managing director of Tarsh Consulting, a communications agency. “You’ve got airlines with pilots who are not happy, and you’ve got Emirates who are happy to make a virtue of their pilots.”
In the Emirates video, the company brags about flying the largest fleet of Airbus A380s and Boeing 777s to 156 destinations in 84 countries.
In contrast, Ryanair has avoided a pilots’ strike by offering to recognize their unions, a move it has vociferously avoided for years.
To compound Ryanair’s misery, this weekend it was voted joint-worst airline for short-haul travel in a survey of 9,000 Which? members. At the other end of the scale, Emirates was voted second best, after Singapore Airlines in the long-haul segment.
Emirates Airline did not reply to a request for comment.


Apple to roll out new Snoopy, Peanuts cartoon series

Updated 15 December 2018
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Apple to roll out new Snoopy, Peanuts cartoon series

  • The agreement between Apple and DHX Media is another example of the Apple brand’s ambition
  • The commitment is for DHX to produce a new animated series, specials and short programs around the Peanuts gang, a bunch of kids with the dog Snoopy.

NEW YORK: Apple will produce a new animated series starring Snoopy and the Peanuts gang, created by the late American cartoonist Charles Schulz, for its video platform, a source close to the deal said Friday, confirming press reports.
The agreement was reached with Apple, “in a highly competitive environment” and at the expense of other candidates, with the Canadian group DHX Media, which holds 80% of the rights of Snoopy and Peanuts, said the source.
DHX bought this stake, as well as rights to Peanuts gang member Peppermint Patty, for $345 million in 2017.
The commitment is for DHX to produce a new animated series, specials and short programs around the Peanuts gang, a bunch of kids with the dog Snoopy.
The Canadian group will also create educational programs including the Peanuts gang, exclusively for Apple, around space and the conquest of space.
The agreement between Apple and DHX Media is another example of the Apple brand’s ambition, given the launch, announced by several media in 2019, of its own video-on-demand service offering exclusive content.
Until now, the video content available on the iTunes platform was produced by third parties and accessible one by one, not as a subscription.
Schulz wrote and illustrated the Peanuts cartoon strip starting in 1950. The final strip ran in newspapers one day after his death in February 2000, according to the Charles M. Schulz Museum.